Summary: Jesus was clear that our walk should be marked by signs and wonders. What is following you? Is your life “signless”?
I have a sign situation. My situation is not that Jesus did signs! My issue is that Jesus, in John 14:11-14 and Mark 16:14-20, made it crystal clear that we would not only have signs following us, but even greater signs than He performed. My sign issue is that I see no signs following us!
You will also remember that I told you that we don’t see signs because we are too busy chasing what is supposed to be chasing us, we are afraid of the risk that are required to see them, and we assign them to superstars. We desperately need signs because they validate our testimony and the lack of signs reveals the lack of faith on our part.
So today I want us to begin looking at some of the miracles or signs that Jesus performed and see if we can’t learn something from them. I am not going to have time to deal with every miracle. Over the course of our years together I have already hit on some of the prominent miracles Jesus performed. I have dealt with His first miracle, turning water into wine (He uses ordinary things and do what He says to do), the blind man that Jesus took out of the village and touched twice, the woman with the issue of blood, and the man with the withered hand. So I want us to move forward in Jesus’ sign show. Let’s pick up at the 2nd miracle.
46-48Now he was back in Cana of Galilee, the place where he made the water into wine. Meanwhile in Capernaum, there was a certain official from the king's court whose son was sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and asked that he come down and heal his son, who was on the brink of death. Jesus put him off: "Unless you people are dazzled by a miracle, you refuse to believe." 49But the court official wouldn't be put off. "Come down! It's life or death for my son." 50-51Jesus simply replied, "Go home. Your son lives." The man believed the bare word Jesus spoke and headed home. On his way back, his servants intercepted him and announced, "Your son lives!" 52-53He asked them what time he began to get better. They said, "The fever broke yesterday afternoon at one o'clock." The father knew that that was the very moment Jesus had said, "Your son lives." 53-54That clinched it. Not only he but his entire household believed. This was now the second sign Jesus gave after having come from Judea into Galilee.
50Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed. (NIV)
a. Sometimes you have to go out of your way to get an answer to your need.
Apparently this man was desperate. He was so desperate that he was willing to go out of his way to get to Jesus. In order for him to gain access to the miracle of Christ he had to be willing to go the distance. It had to be a pretty good distance to his house because after the healing it took him at least 12 hours to get back home to find out that his son is healed!
How many of us are in dire need for the assistance of Jesus, faced with desperate need and yet we refuse to go out of our way to find a miracle? We won’t do anything out of our comfort zone. Attend another service . . . are you out of your mind? Praise a little harder? Are you crazy? Praise different? I am just not into that! Pray a little longer? You must be insane? Give my tithes or God forbid even above my tithes? That is nuts. Fast a meal? I think I might have to find a different church!